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Rio Hondo League Finals                      November 4, 2010                      Lacy Park

Varsity Men at League Finals

Men Upset Temple City
to Advance to CIF

Varsity Men

Place

      Team

Points

1

South Pasadena

26

2

La Canada

42

3

San Marino

74

4

Temple City

87

5

Monrovia

154

2010-11-04 - Peaky 150 yards from finish League Finals)

Junior Peaky Yuter beat both of Temple City’s lead runners as did Senior Michael Gimbel.  Also key to the men’s surprise win over TC was freshman Kenny Lee’s 22nd place in a time of 18:28.

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Guys’ Consolidated Results

Time

     Runner

Race

Place

16:44

Peaky Yuter

Varsity

9

16:50

Michael Gimbel

Varsity

10

17:14

Robbie Moreton

Varsity

13

18:23

Drew Jack

Varsity

20

18:28

Kenny Lee

Varsity

22

19:33

Yuvan Wickramsinge

Varsity

28

20:12

Daniel Covarrubias

Varsity

30

21:20

Hunter Thrane

F-S

30

21:25

Taylor Beldy

JV

25

21:31

Devin Au

F-S

37

21:40

Justin Chow

F-S

21:40

21:54

Jason Hu

F-S

41

22:12

Billy Chai

F-S

45

22:57

Eric Yang

F-S

51

23:29

Hector Covarrubias

F-S

56

25:05

Justin Hua

JV

44

And the Fifth Man is...

2010-11-04 - Kenny Lee at the finish (League Finals)

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The season seemed to hang in the balance, waiting for that all-important 5th runner to fill out the scoring and boost the men far enough to make CIF.  Freshman Kenny Lee stepped up. Finishing only 2 places behind Titan freshman leader Drew Jack, Lee ran his heart out, as did all of the top 5.

The plan was that our top 3 had to beat Temple City’s second runner in order to have a chance and Drew had to take out their fifth man.  Peaky and Michael shredded the playbook by out-racing not only their #2 but also their top runner, Danny Lu.  Junior Robbie Moreton provided the finishing punch by placing  right behind their #2, Vincent Wong.  Peaky, Michael and Robbie have outperformed all year long and each has taken a turn at being top dog on the team.  But, without those two freshman, the season would have ended today.  BOTH freshmen ended up beating TC’s #4 and #5.  We should note that Austin Situ, normally Temple City’s #4 runner, took a wrong turn and was disqualified.  His DQ’d finish would have placed him well ahead of our freshmen.  However, the team’s dominance today was such that the Titans would have won even if Situ hadn’t DQ’d.

So, the men join the girls in a dual CIF appearance.  We are checking the records to determine the last time that both teams advanced to CIF in the same year.

2010-11-04 - Drew Jack 150 yards from finish (League Finals)

Freshman Drew Jack is urged on to the finish by former Coach Phil Ryan: “Give it all you’ve got!”

Competitive Matrix - Varsity Men

Place

San Marino

Temple City

9

Peaky (16:44)

 

10

Michael (16:50)

 

11

 

Lu (16:57)

12

 

Wong (17:01)

13

Robbie (17:14)

 

18

 

Han (18:00)

20

Drew (18:23)

 

22

Kenny (18:28)

 

23

 

Maurey (18:46)

24

 

Rivers (18:52)

25

 

Knox (18:58)

28

Yuvan (19:33)

 

30

Daniel (20:12)

 

Junior Varsity Boys at League Finals

2010-11-04 - Taylor Beldy racing to the finish (League Finals JV)

Senior Taylor Beldy

2010-11-04 - Justin Hua at Rose Garden (League Finals JV)

Senior Justin Hua

A Glimpse of What Might Have Been

Watching Taylor Beldy finish the JV race on Thursday, I couldn’t help but think of the missed opportunity.  Taylor came out for cross country as a freshman and showed real promise.  But running just didn’t click for him back then.  He skipped his sophomore and junior seasons and then came back as a senior.  In early season workouts, he showed that potential that we all saw in him as a freshman.  But, cross country is a demanding and rigorous sport.  To be good, it requires a full summer of training or extraordinary talent. If we’d had Taylor for 4 years, I’m pretty sure that he would have been our #4 varsity runner.

Frosh-Soph Boys at League Finals

2010-11-04 - frosh-soph boys (League Finals F-S)

Will One of These Guys Step Up Next Year?

There is talent in this group of freshmen and sophomores but there is no fire yet.  It is not unusual for freshmen to be less than enthusiastic about their sport.  The summer before their sophomore season will be the litmus test.  Solid summer workouts with the team with focus and commitment will tell the Coach and the team everything that they need to know about these guys.  Work ethic and desire are the differences between varsity and JV.  You make that choice at the beginning of the summer.  Is there a CIF runner in this group?

CIF

2

Lacy Park team time

87:39

Varsity Girls at League Finals

2010-11-04 - Varsity girls at the half-mile (League Finals)

Freshman Alissa Barraza, senior Saskia Raether, senior Danielle Knott and freshman Veronica Mejia form the core leadership of the team.

Girls Easily Advance to CIF

Last year, as the girls watched the guys advance through CIF, we kept saying it.  The girls are going to be good next year.  Today they made good on that prediction as they were a solid CIF qualifier in placing third in the League Finals race.

Seven Titan runners finished in the 10th to 24th places, leaving all but two Temple City runners out of the scoring.  Senior Danielle Knott set the pace for the girls’ top 4 as they stayed together through the first mile.  The grass just after the mile mark began to separate them but freshman Alissa Barraza hung with Danielle.  Senior Saskia Raether, running her final race at Lacy Park, worked the middle of the pack with a group of La Canada girls.  Freshman Victoria Mejia, fought to keep up with Saskia the entire race and knocked 9 seconds off her previous performance at Lacy Park.  Wow - two freshman in the top 4 of the team!

Number 5 runner for us was junior Caitlin Hittner.  Caitlin ran her own race and paced a 22-23-24 finish by the rest of the Titan team.  With the temperature in the high 80s, only two girls bettered their course times from the first league meet at Lacy Park this year.  But the conditions seemed to affect the Temple City girls more as the Titans cruised to a 80-106 victory today vs. a much narrower 77-85 win a month ago at Lacy Park.

2010-11-04 - Caitlin, Michelle, Andrea near 2 mile (League Finals)

Junior Caitlin Hittner sets the pace for sophomore Michelle Dominguez and senior Andrea Mejia.

Competitive Matrix - Varsity Girls

Place

San Marino

Temple City

4

 

Jamie Peng (20:11)

10

Danielle (20:40)

 

12

Alissa (20:48)

 

17

Saskia (21:39)

 

19

Veronica (21:49)

 

21

 

Sally Deng (21:59)

22

Caitlin (22:00)

 

23

Michelle (22:19)

 

24

Andrea (22:22)

 

25

 

R. Wang (22:23)

26

 

J. Guan (22:43)

30

 

C Aranibar (23:31)

32

 

T. Chan (24:21)

Varsity Girls

Place

      Team

Points

1

South Pasadena

25

2

La Canada

40

3

San Marino

80

4

Temple City

106

5

Monrovia

130

2010-11-04 - Veronica passes Rose Garden (League Finals)

Veronica Mejia passes team parents with three-quarters of a mile to go. The freshman was the Titan’s #4 runner, playing a critical role for the team.

Girls’ Consolidated Results

Time

     Runner

Race

Place

20:40

Danielle Knott

Varsity

10

20:48

Alissa Barraza

Varsity

12

21:39

Saskia Raether

Varsity

17

21:49

Veronica Mejia

Varsity

19

22:00

Caitlin Hittner

Varsity

22

22:19

Michelle Dominguez

Varsity

23

22:19

Lindsay Snaer

JV

3

22:22

Andrea Mejia

Varsity

24

23:06

Marina Flores

JV

9

23:07

Margaret Foley

JV

10

23:53

Sasha Netchaev

JV

15

24:03

Natalie Silk

JV

17

24:22

Rebecca Morris

JV

22

24:43

Yuwei Tu

JV

26

26:50

Lani Yamasaki

JV

36

27:49

Bailee Pelham

JV

45

28:19

Nora Titus

JV

47

28:28

Wendy Hui

JV

50

29:37

Louise Judge

JV

56

30:23

Sandy Recinos

JV

60

Junior Varsity Girls at League Finals

2010-11-04 - JV girls pre-race cheer (League Finals)

Plenty of hard workers in this group - The girls team is loaded and there are plenty of girls that want a varsity slot and they have demonstrated the work ethic.  Varsity is a “tough get” with this group.

JV Girls Fight For Varsity

The girls teams are a throw-back to the best San Marino teams of the past.  We have hard workers on this team and a lot of them.  That makes it more difficult for less naturally-gifted runners to out-work others in order to grab a varsity slot.  So you have to admire the attitude of this group.  There is a vibrant spirit and no surrender.  Since this was their last race for the season, we’ll look at the pictures and say goodbye to the graduating JV runners.

2010-11-04 - Erinn & Sasha at mile (League Finals JV)

Graduating Seniors - Sasha Netchaev (left) and Erinn Lew (right) approach mile 1 in their last Lacy Park race.

2010-11-04 - JV girls at mile 1 (League Finals JV)

Back next year - Rebecca Morris sets the pace for the core group of JV runners who will be back next year.  Can one of these girls make varsity?

2010-11-04 - Lindsay at mile and half (League Finals JV)

So Close - Lindsay Snaer is a varsity runner that can’t quite stay there. She rips the rest of the JV field.

2010-11-04 - Marina racing for finish (League Finals JV)

No Quit - Marina Flores is one of the hardest workers on the team.

2010-11-11 - Tribune on CIF
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